Ways to Keep Your Writing Alive

What ways can you keep active, even when you don’t have a specific writing project on the go? As I dodge responsibility left and right, I ponder how to keep viable as a writer. Solution? Write a new blog post!

Writing a blog post is just one tactic though. Even if you don’t have a bigger project on the go (or are stumped with what direction to take the one you are working on at present) what else can you do?

Ways to Keep Writing

Choosing a new place to write is a great idea, but leave trees out of it! Those inane scratches are permanent scars a tree has to carry forevermore. Make your words count!
  • review a book
  • comment on a book review
  • update your social media pages (Think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Add updates, refresh contact info and pictures, rewrite bio, etc)
  • start a new social media account (Haven’t tried Google+? Give it a gander. New to Pinterest? Pin on! Unsure about Snapchat? Get snapping.)
  • brainstorm for ideas for blog posts
  • edit an existing piece of writing (yours or someone else’s)
  • take a writing class
  • send out queries for new article ideas
  • write in a journal
  • write in a different place than you normally do
  • tackle a writing prompt (try writing microfiction, or write something from a photo or written prompt)

The important thing is not always what you write, but that you keep practicing your art. With time, comes comfort and ease in the process. Plus, the more you write, the better your writing will become! So get writing. I just did.


Tips to Break the Block

Writer’s Block

No, no, no Calvin!

Alas, that is where writer’s block lives oftentimes for writers. Smack dab in the middle of where productivity should be found – your desk. Battle the Block with some simple tips though;

  • Write down ideas when you get them. Sometimes inspiration can feel like it is dripping out of our pores and there aren’t enough hours in the day to capture it all. Jot it down for later, when ideas feel like they departed with the dinosaurs.
  •  Keep an idea book. My desk can get cluttered by slips of “ideas” on occasion. In theory its great, but not when the top of your desk disappears in it. Get organized with a notebook, file folder, an app on your phone, or whatever works best for you to keep all those juicy ideas in one place when you need them.
  • Scan the newspapers, flyers, news sites, and more for snippets of inspiration. Even if you are not writing the headlines, you can still comment on them. Breaking stories get lots of coverage and you can capitalize on the existing buzz with your two cents worth too. Don’t discount that stack of flyers either. They are an indicator of what’s popular today, or at least what someone else is hoping you will find interesting.
  • Browse the blogosphere. I don’t know how many times I have found a nugget of inspiration in someone else’s blog. Sometimes it is a meme. Other times a thought or image might transport or intrigue me to the point of words. Or perhaps it is just enough to know that there are other people out there just like you. We are never alone, so take comfort.
  • Brainstorm. Start with a thought and craft an idea cloud. It is amazing what you can discover. Similarly, sometimes Wordles help to see connections in a fresh way too. Go beyond the coffee and get together with a colleague to bounce ideas off one another and in the process discover fresh angles.
  • Walk away from your desk. Leave your computer behind and immerse yourself in something completely different. Take in a play. Go for a walk. Volunteer somewhere. Step away from your everyday and see what interesting things come of it. Not only is it a nice break, but it might give you just that spark you were looking for in the first place.

What are some of the ways that you encourage creativity and get tough on writer’s block?